Doctor in the making

  Walking through the halls of Sharyland High School, Marco Cruz seems to stand out from the crowd. Wearing his white lab coat with a stethoscope casually draped around his neck, he gets ready for his next series of classes that include everything from organic chemistry to biology. As a senior who is also enrolled in the Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) at South Texas College, Marco has learned how to stay focused while balancing his high school and college-level classes that are giving him a strong foundation to fulfill his dream of going to medical school and … Read More …

Mid-Valley Campus biology instructor, students create breast cancer awareness

Since 2000, female breast cancer incidence rates have decreased and there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. South Texas College biology instructor Deborah Villalon recently discussed breast cancer awareness to an audience of Dual Enrollment Medical and Science Academy students at Weslaco Early College High School. Villalon presented on Oct. 24 alongside fellow Mid-Valley American Cancer Society board member and breast cancer survivor Audrey Eoff, who spoke about her personal survival experience. “It’s about knowledge … Read More …

Dual Enrollment Academies recognized among most effective in nation at increasing Latino student success in college

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across America came together at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. hotel today to honor the South Texas College Dual Enrollment Academies program as a Finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increase achievement for Latino students.  The Dual Enrollment Academies program was selected from among 217 competitors from 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as one of 14 Finalists for the 2014 Examples of Excelencia award.  Conceived and run by Excelencia in Education, this is the only national … Read More …

Starr County Campus Psychology Club assists alumnus in medical mission to Guatemala

In an effort to do their part for a noble cause, the South Texas College Starr County Campus Psychology Club gathered donations to benefit STC alumnus Leo López III’s second medical mission to Guatemala. The Psychology Club donated several bags filled with donations that included vitamins, ibuprofen, hats, lotions and sunscreen that will assist in Lopez’s mission to Guatemala from June 19-25 to provide medical care and implement public health education resources and programs in the Central American country. “It’s always a very rewarding feeling to contribute and help out in great causes … Read More …

DEMSA announced as a 20th Anniversary Bellwether Legacy Award Finalist

The South Texas College (STC) Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) was honored on December 11 as one of ten finalists, with a nomination for the 20th Anniversary Bellwether Legacy Award,  a special award created to commemorate the Community College Futures Assembly’s 20th Anniversary. DEMSA is a two year-round dual enrollment program developed for high school juniors and seniors of the Starr County, Pecan and Mid-Valley Campus area who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in health care. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of rural area students … Read More …

STC honored with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Star Award

After the smoke cleared and all was said and done, South Texas College was selected as one of three Texas colleges and universities to be were honored with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Star Award, during the State of Higher Education in Texas Leadership Conference in Austin on Oct. 4, 2012. While STC is known for numerous successful programs and initiatives, this recent award was presented to celebrate the success of the college’s Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy. “The Coordinating Board’s recognition of South Texas College’s exemplary Dual Enrollment Academy … Read More …

STC biology students help enhance breast cancer awareness

South Texas College Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy and biology students did their part to enhance breast cancer awareness and raise money for women who can’t afford to have a mammogram during the Knapp Medical Center breast cancer awareness contest Bras Ending Breast Cancer, held from Oct. 1-2. The contest and activity enhances student awareness of the disease, which is a common form of cancer, with more than 232,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. DEMSA and biology students from STC Mid-Valley Campus Instructor Dr. Debbie Villalon’s classes tastefully … Read More …

DEMSA lays foundation for alum’s continued success

Hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” at her own college graduation is nothing new for Kareena Garza. She’s one of a fortunate few who, at just 21 years old, has had the privilege of crossing a college graduation stage twice already. Her first time was just three years ago as part of the second class of South Texas College’s Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy. And in May 2011 she graduated again, this time with honors from The University of Texas-Pan American. “It was a long hard road that got me where I am today,” Garza expressed. “It wasn’t easy, but I feel like if I can do it, anyone with … Read More …